How to Order a U.S. Birth Certificate From Out Of the Country

BirthCertificateOutOfCountryAn official U.S. birth certificate is commonly used to prove you are a citizen of the United States. If you live in the U.S., getting your certificate may be as simple as filling out a form online and providing a few pieces of information. However, if you are a U.S. citizen who either currently lives abroad or were born outside of the United States, the process can be a bit daunting. No matter what your reason for requesting a certificate, the process may be easier than you may think. Three situations which occur frequently are listed below. See if one these apply to you and find out the best way to proceed.

Born in the U.S and Living Abroad

It’s best to start with researching the vital records office in the state you were born – most of these government agencies have websites which explain all the available methods to order birth certificates or other vital records. Several of these agencies even provide for ordering certificates online, making it much easier to navigate the ordering process if you are currently living outside of the United States. In many cases, these agencies may utilize an independent company to process the online order, which is nice because you will typically have access to a team of customer service agents who can help you with your questions no matter the time zone in which you may reside.

If you are living abroad, it may take a little longer to get your certificate delivered to your home. However, there are often expedited shipping arrangements available that can speed up the process.

Born Abroad or on Foreign Military Base to Citizen Parent(s)

Your parent(s) should have registered your birth with the US Embassy in the country where you were born. Your parent(s) would have received a document called “Consular Report of Birth Abroad” which is a report that works similarly to an official birth certificate in many cases. It is possible to get a copy of this directly from the U.S. Department of State, or you may be able to order it online through a trusted ordering service that handles online ordering for vital record agencies in the U.S. Additionally, some countries will list your birth in their records.

If your parents failed to register your birth with the U.S. Embassy, it may be more difficult to obtain an official birth record. However, if you contact the hospital or someone in the public affairs office (for military births), you may be able to talk with an expert who can help you work through the process.

Born Abroad and Adopted by a U.S. Citizen

For a child born in a foreign country and adopted by a U.S. citizen, a birth certificate may be available from the state where the adoption was registered (generally the state where the parent(s) resided during the adoption).  If the adoption was not registered in the U.S., you may need to speak with someone at the foreign embassy for the country where you were born in order to get a copy of your birth record. In these cases, a certificate of naturalization may be necessary to prove U.S. citizenship.

As you can see, the process for obtaining a birth certificate if you are currently living abroad or were born abroad to parents who were U.S. citizens may not be as easy as obtaining one locally; however, it is something that can be easily accomplished. Take the time to learn the ins and outs yourself and get in touch with an expert (someone at the proper vital record agency, or who works with a firm that provides ordering services for that agency), and you may find straightforward answers to your questions.

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119 Comments

  1. How does your process works, in ordering a foreighn birth certificate?

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      VitalChek.com can assist with birth certificate for American citizens who were born abroad. A copy of your Record of Birth Abroad can be obtained in as little as four weeks, but may take up to eight weeks or longer.

      These documents, like most consular vital records, are retrieved from the National Archives or other record repositories and definitive turnaround times are not available. However, all requests placed through VitalChek’s express certificate service are processed by VitalChek on an expedited priority basis.

      If you are an American Citizen born abroad you can start the ordering process through VitalChek.com by accessing the link below:
      https://www.vitalchek.com/pdf/BIRTHABROAD_2015.pdf

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. I was born in the US and I need my birth certificate from Oregon, but currently live in Mexico. Can I request my birth certificate directly with you guys? What would be document requirements aside to my personal info?

        1. Hello Jessica. Thank you for your question about ordering your birth certificate. Many states, including Oregon, use an identity authentication system that requires you to answer a series of questions that, when answered correctly, will serve as verification of your identity and usually eliminate the need for document submittal. To order your certificate, log on to Vital.Chek.com and follow the prompts. If you have further questions, you can contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com. Thank you for your interest in VitalChek!

  2. I need my birth certificate which is in Miccocia Cyprus Greece.
    D.O.B. **/**/****
    Address is Darren Joseph Spencer
    c/o of Venus Meagher
    **** Broadway #2G
    **********,**. *****

    Raised in Springfield,Mass.

    1. Hello and thank you for contacting us.
      To order a birth certificate from Greece you will need to contact the Greece Consulates office. If you are a US Citizen born abroad to at least one American citizen then you can order through the VitalChek service. Here is the information for US Citizens Born Abroad needing to order a certified birth certificate :https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx
      https://www.vitalchek.com/pdf/BIRTHABROAD_2015.pdf

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  3. I was born in Germany in 1963 to military father. Is it still possible to obtain those records to prove that I am a citizen of the US?

    1. Hello Jessica and thank you for your question.
      If you were born to at-least 1 US parent than you typically are considered a US Citizen born abroad. You can use our VitalChek service https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx all requests placed through VitalChek’s express certificate service are processed by VitalChek on an expedited priority basis. These documents, like most consular vital records, are retrieved from the National Archives or other record repositories and definitive turnaround times are not available.
      If you have any further questions you can contact our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  4. My names is Ralph Jones, i was born in U.S Military Base outside US They Called AZORES Island . How can i get my birth certificate, for now i don’t have any I.D or proof of identity, i went to social security but they need I.D, i knew my SS#. but they need a copy of I.D . Please help me to get my Birth Certificate so that i can be able to get a identification . Thanks

    1. Thank you for your question. It sounds like the best way for you to obtain a copy of your Record of Birth Abroad, since you don’t currently have any ID, is to have another person order your record on your behalf. In order to do this, the person you ask to order your record will need the following information:
      • A notarized letter from you authorizing that individual to order the record on your behalf
      • A new application form completed by the authorized individual (you can find one on our website at https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx)
      • The authorized individual’s current and valid photo ID (a driver’s license, military ID or U.S. Passport)

      We hope this is helpful, and wish you the best in obtaining your Record of Birth Abroad documentation. Thank you.

      1. Does the authorized individual have to be related to you because I am currently in the same situation but I’m not in contact with my parents.

        1. Hello Nichole and thank you for your question. Each state has a different list of what they deem “authorized or entitle” to the record. Some states like Ohio and Kentucky are open states, meaning that anyone can order. To find out about a specific states entitlement rules you can contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to look into this further.
          Thank you,
          Nichole H.

      2. How would this person get a letter notarized without any ID. I am helping a friend in the same situation and not sure how to get the letter notarized.

        Lauri Landon

        1. Great question Lauri – in this type of situation one could contact a Notary to determine if there are other documents that can be provided in place of ID. If the notarized documentation is needed to obtain a birth certificate or other vital record, one could also contact the vital record agency issuing the certificate to determine if there are other methods available besides submitting a notarized document. Thank you.

  5. I was born in Russia and was adopted in the u.s. my adopted parents are from the u.s. and my birth certificate was lost how will I be able to get a copy of it from vital records .

    1. Hello Austin and thank you for your question.
      This can very depending on the state you were adopted in within the U.S. Most states will have the certificate on file in the state that the adoption took place. If you would like to know the rules for the state you were adopted in please feel to respond or contact our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

    2. Hello, I am in the same situation, how did you get a copy or certified copy? Thanks so much!

      1. Hello Bobbi. Thank you for your question.
        More than likely, your birth certificate will be on file in the state where your adoption took place. You can contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to look into this for you.

  6. Hi I’m living abroad now I need my us birth certificate sent abroad were I’m living what do I do

    1. Hello Sam and thank you for your question.

      Most states can send the certificate wherever you may live abroad. The delivery time may vary depending on the location however the processing of the order will still be considered expedited when using the VitalChek service. If you need to order your certificate please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 or 615-372-6800 option 3 then option 3 again then follow the prompts to select the state you were born in. One of our reps will be able to assist you. We are the authorized ordering service for most state vital records offices.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  7. Hello. I was born in New York ,but i live now in the Dom Rep.
    I need a birth certificate with the apostille and a letter of exemplication, in order to obtain my dual citizenship here. Can i do all the proccess online, from the Dom Rep? I have relatives living in NYC and asked them to get my certificate and do all the procedure for me, but they could not do it, they were told i have to do it myself in person.
    I can not travel for now because of health issues.
    What and how can obtain it??
    Thanks so much.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      The process can vary based on the location in New York where you were born. If you were born in the New York City area (5) boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island) the order must go through New York City and you can place the order online at VitalChek.com. However, if you were born in NYC it will be a multiple step processes. Further information about Apostilles/Certificate of Authentications can be found here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/apostille.html
      If you were born outside of the 5 boroughs, the order would need to be placed with The New York State office. You can only order from VitalChek a ‘Long Form’ record that can be certified separately. An apostille issued by the New York State Secretary of State it is a one page document embossed with the Great Seal of the State of New York. The apostille includes the facsimile signature of the individual issuing the certificate. If you have any questions about an apostille or other certification for your document you should contact the Albany office at 518-473-2293.
      If you would like to place your order by phone or have questions regarding the ordering process please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  8. My question is this! I believe I misplaced, perhaps accidently tossed my birth certificate! I was born on a U.S. Army Base in Vicenza, Italy as my dad was in the Air Force. I would like to be directed to documents so I can re-obtain my birth certificate! I know I will need it for other things.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Keenan and Thank you for your question. Sorry to hear that you misplaced your birth certificate but it does happen quite often. In your case since it sounds like you would be considered a U.S. Citizen born abroad you would need to order you certificate from the U.S. Consulate or Embassy. VitalChek does provide an expedited service for this which can still take an estimated 4-8 weeks depending on the volume of orders https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx# . However you can contact the Consulate’s office directly. Here is some helpful information from the government travel site.
      https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth.html
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  9. Hello,…I was born in the US but am now a Canadian citizen. I was adopted as a baby and my adoptive parents were given an amended birth certificate. My adoptive parents were born Cdn..moved to the US…adopted me and several years later moved back to Canada (1969). Both of my adoptive parents have passed. In 2012 I found my biological family..including my mother. I would like to get my original birth certificate..with my original name on it…is that possible? I have my amended BC with my adoptive name and need to retain it since I do not wish to change my name back…yet..if ever. My original BC would only be a copy and not valid for ID except to prove I am my mother’s daughter. So…is it possible to retrieve my original BC?

    Marlaine
    (Cathy)

    1. Hello Marlaine and thank you for your question. Typically when one is adopted the original birth certificate is no longer available and becomes a “closed” court document. This would mean you’ll have to have a court order to request this document. The best place to start would be the court where your adoption was filed. They will be able to advise you on what procedures to take.
      Hopefully this information is helpful.
      Thank you again,
      Nichole H.

  10. Hi, my 3 year old daughter was born in Tulsa Oklahoma. We are living abroad and I was hoping if you could help me get a copy of her birth certificate. My concern is that we don’t have a lot but she needs a birth certificate so she can start going to school here. Im in dire need of help. Thank you!

    1. Hello Mary Ann and thank you for your question.
      Please contact our office at 1-800-255-2414 and we’ll be happy to assist you. We at VitalChek work directly with hundreds of government agencies nationwide including the state of Oklahoma, to provide consumers with the ability to securely order their vital records online.
      Sincerely,
      Nichole H.

  11. Hello,

    I was born on a US Air Force base in Madrid, Spain and I have a copy of “certified copy” of my Certificate of Birth Abroad. I also have a copy of my Report of Birth Abroad (neither of them being originals). My husband is currently undergoing his immigration process and they are requesting the original. If I place an order for my certificate of birth abroad will I receive it as an original or will it also be a “certified copy” i don’t want to order it if what i have is the same thing that i will receive from vital check. Can you please confirm? Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.
      No, unfortunately you will not receive an original, only a certified copy of your certificate. None of the vital record offices release an original copy no matter how you order it. You may want to contact the immigration office that you are speaking of and let them know that in the US only certified copies of the originals are released. The only additional authentication that you may be able to add to the certified copy is an Apostille, which is an additional signature from the Secretary of State, this is a separate process https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/judicial/authentication-of-documents/office-of-authentications.html.
      Hopefully this information has been helpful.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  12. Hi, my boyfriend was born in South Korea and adopted by U.S. citizens. He needs a replacement copy of his birth certificate. Could you please direct me to a site with more information as to how to replace it? Thank you!

    1. Hello Marina,
      Where you obtain a birth certificate will be based on where the adoption was finalized. Different states have different procedures when it comes to out of the country adoptions. Most times the record will be on file in the state where the adoption court was located and NOT in the country of birth. Please feel free to have your boyfriend contact our office and we can look into the specific state rules for his certificate ordering. You can reach our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  13. My son who is 20 years old now was born in Key West, Florida and moved overseas as a baby. He has now gone to the Netherlands to further his studies and the Dutch civil registry requiring his Birth Certificate with Apostille for him to register and be able to live and study there. How can you assist with obtaining his Birth Certificate with Apostille, what is the procedure, and cost? thank you for replying as soon as possible considering the situation.

    1. Thank you for your question. An official, certified copy of your son’s birth certificate can be ordered either directly from the vital record agency that issued the certificate or through VitalChek.com. There are some stipulations on getting an Apostille for a certificate, please refer to our FAQ regarding this topic: https://vitalchek-solutions.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3189/kw/apostille. Hopefully this information is helpful for you and your son. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions. Thank you.

  14. I’m currently trying to find my birth certificate I was born in Caracas Venezuela South America I was adopted by us military family my adoption took place in Caracas Venezuela how do I obtain my birth certificate from Venezuela I am a US citizen I have a Social Security number I’ve also had a Missouri ID but right now I have no identification and I can’t get any without my birth certificate so I need help finding it can you help my phone number is *** *** **** if you can help me please contact me thank you for your time

    1. Hello Anthony and thank you for your questions.
      The best place to start since you said your were born in and the adoption all took place in Venezuela would be to contact the Embassy http://caracas.usembassy.gov/contact_us.html .
      Hopefully this information will be helpful.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  15. Hello. I was born in Iraq and moved to the US with my mother at the age 4. My mother married and I was adopted by her husband, a US citizen at the age of 7. I have worked in the US since the age of 16… I am a US citizen, but cannot get a passport to travel with my husband and children as I have no birth certificate. My adopted father is now deceased. Can you please help? I live in California which is also where the adoption took place. Thank you so much.

    1. Hello Caroline and thank you for reaching out to us with your questions.
      Since your adoption took place in California, you should be able to order your birth certificate from the state office directly. Please contact their office at (916) 445‐2684 here is a copy of the California application in-case you need it, http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/Birth2016-Complete-(Fillable).pdf
      Remember, when filling out your application for a birth certificate you will need to put all the information from AFTER the adoption. Your original birth information will no longer be on the certificate.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

      1. Thank you so much. So would I be provided a US birth certificate even though I was not born in the US? You can imagine what a mess that country is and I have been unsuccessful the past 3 years trying to obtain any records of my birth. I also have no dates of the adoption or other paperelwork since my father (adopted) has died. My name was legally changed to his and it was a legal adoption.

        1. Hello Caroline,
          Thank you for reaching out to me. I hope the information I sent you will be helpful. Please feel free to email me back if need be.
          Sincerely,
          Nichole H.

          1. You are awesome. Thank you. Keep you posted.

  16. My neice and cousins were both born in NY but now live abroad. They need replacement birth certificates to apply for a passports. Can I process the application on line for the new documents for them?

    1. Hello Richard,
      The state of New York has a list of people that are considered entitle to a birth certificate. It will vary based on what part of New York your niece and nephew were born in. If they were born in the New York “state” area (all areas out side of the New York City boroughs) the entitle people are Self, Mother, Father, Spouse, Attorney, Father attorney, Mother attorney, Power of attorney, Legal Guardian. If they were born in the New York City area ONLY Self, Mother, Father (someone named on the record) are entitle order the certificate. If you have further questions please feel free to visit http://www.VitalChek.com or call our office at 1-800-255-2414.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  17. Hello,

    I was born in Nuremburg, Germany in a German hospital. My birth father was an American solider. I was then adopted later by my mother’s husband in Germany who also an American solider. I have the German adoption papers and the translations, I have my Social Security card as well, but I have lost my Birth Certificate and it’s translation. My mother refuses to mail me the original documents that she still has. I am having trouble obtaining a new State issued ID card in Kansas, United States because I have no birth certificate. So now at 38 years old I have no ID card.

    Could you please assist me in how I can obtain my birth certificate? Thank you so much.

    1. Hello Shelia, I have reached out to our contact the US Citizens born abroad office directly and they stated, “Since the individual was born in a German Hospital they may not have been registered. If the birth father’s name is on her German BC, she may submit a request to our office so that we can do a search.”
      Here is a link directly to the government site with instructions how to order, remember to include all your information from after the adoption: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth/replace-or-amend-consular-report-of-birth-abroad.html

      Hopefully this information will be helpful.
      Best of luck,
      Nichole H
      Nichole H.

  18. Hello,
    My daughters were born while we were stationed at RAF Lakenheath UK in the ’80’s. They have their birth certificates, but because I laminated them they always have a hard time renewing drivers license and passports. How do I/we go about ordering new certificates so they will be hassle free?
    All of us now live in the states.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Susan and thank you for your question.
      Since your daughters are US citizens born abroad you will have to obtain their certificate from the department of state however since they are over the age of 18 it will be easier for them to put the orders in their own names to avoid extra paperwork such as permission letters & additional I.D.s. The Department of state will allow anyone to pay for the order but not to place the order.
      Here is the link to our VitalChek American Citizens Born Abroad Premium Service page https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx
      Here is the link directly to the department of state’s page: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth/replace-or-amend-consular-report-of-birth-abroad.html
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  19. If i’m born abroad the U.S and adopted by american parents in the U.S can i make a birth certicate put on it born in the U.S.A?

    1. Hello Stephen – I’m not sure understand what you are asking here. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-255-2414 with any questions you may have and we’ll be happy to help. In the mean time here is the link to the Department of State’s Born Abroad section: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth.html

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  20. Hello
    My child was born in Vietnam. Got birth certificate by US embassy in Vietnam. Now I change my child mane in Orange County California.
    Where do I go to get new birth certificate with new name. In Orange County California
    Thank you

    1. Hello Sonny,

      You should contact the office where you had your name legally changed and ask them if they have already set up to have your birth certificate amended to reflect the name change or if this is something that you still have to do? They will also be able to instruct you how and where you can obtain a copy of your new certificate.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  21. Hello,

    I was born the in US, but I don’t have an american passport and currently living abroad. Can vitalchek send my birth certificate outside of the US?

    1. Hello Imans and thank you for your question. We do ship orders to many locations outside the United States. If you email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com with your current address, we’d be happy to provide you with more information about shipping to your current location.

  22. Hi,

    Questions, I am trying to help my nephew’s girlfriend who was born in bolivia, adopted in bolivia by american parents, now living is now living in the United States since she was 5 and has gone to school. Now she is 18/19, has misplaced her birth certificate, all documents that’s needed to obtain an identification card. She no longer in communication with her adoptive parents, and now she is pregnant trying to get an ID in order to apply for assistance. Can you please give me some advice on what I can tell her in order to get a copy of birth certificate, adoptive paperwork in order to get an identification card.

    1. Hello Lajuan and thank you for your question. If your friend’s adoptive parents were American citizens at the time of the adoption, a birth certificate may be available from the state where the adoption was registered which is generally the state where the parent(s) resided during the adoption. However, if the adoption was not registered in the U.S., she may need to speak with someone at the Bolivian embassy in order to get assistance with obtaining a copy of her birth record.

  23. Hi,
    I am a parent from east of Africa and my 4 year old son is a US citizen by birth. We are currently residing in East Africa and I need to change his middle name on his birth certificate. Now, I am wondering how I can do it from this far? and is it possible to have it done?
    Thanks.

    1. Hello Carolyn. Thank you for your question. Every state has different requirements for amending a birth certificate so you should contact the vital records agency that issued the child’s birth certificate for appropriate guidance.

  24. Hi,

    i currently live abroad but was born in Texas…the Authorities in Texas told me that they need a notharized statement…how can I get something like that in Germany?
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hello, Benjamin and thank you for your question. You will most likely need to contact the U.S. Embassy to get your statement notarized for the submission to the agency in Texas.

  25. My niece was born in Indiana, USA from Mexican parents that did not have legal documents while living here, and then my cousin (her mother) and my niece moved back to Mexico when she was around 3 years old. She has a Social Security Card and they have a certified copy of her birth certificate but in order to get an american passport, she is requested by the American embassy in Mexico to get the birth certificate in “long form” size. My niece is still a minor. How could she get the required document? am I able to help somehow to get it?

    1. Hello Carlos. Thank you for your question. According to Indiana guidelines, the following family members should be able to obtain the birth certificate for your niece: Self, Father, Mother, Adult Child, Adult Grandchild, Step Parent, Maternal Aunt, Maternal Grandparent, Maternal Uncle, Paternal Aunt, Paternal Grandparent, Paternal Uncle, Adult Sibling, Spouse, State Agency, Federal Agency, Social Security, Court Appointed Individual. To order online, you can use vitalchek.com to process the order. You will need to state your relationship to her and provide the required information. Be sure to select “passport/travel” as the reason for needing the certificate.

  26. Hallo ich wurde in Deutschland in Frankfurt am Main im Army Regional Medical Center geboren!
    Zu der Zeit gemeldet in USA nun benötige ich eine Geburtsurkunde/certificate of birth da ich mein neugeborenes anmelden möchte und meine Eltern keine originale Urkunde haben!
    Alles was ich habe ist ein Report of child born abroad of American Perents!!!
    Was kann ich tun?

    1. Hello Tenisha. Thank you for your question. You may find out more information and order your Consular Report of Birth Abroad through VitalChek at https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx. If you have any questions, please contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we will be happy to assist you.

  27. my two sons have certificate of born abroad. I changed my name. how do change their birth certificate

    1. Hello Yonnis. Thank you for reaching out to us. For more information on how to make changes to tour sons’ CRBAs, please consult this U.S. Department of State link.

  28. hutchrue@gmail.com
    I am seeking help for someone. born in Mexico living in u.s
    need birth certificate.his dad is. u.s. Citizen. the person has gathered some things.passport. social security: id school records copy of unregistered birth certificate with name of hospital Mexico regrested with consultant in Detroit .DNA. report wants to attend college what else is needed to get him a birth certificate

    1. Hello Ruth. Thanks for reaching out to us for guidance. It is unclear from your post whether the person you are assisting has the status of U.S citizen Born Abroad or not. If so, we suggest they contact the U.S. Department of State for further assistance. Here is a link that may be helpful: https://www.state.gov/index.htm. Otherwise, they may need to contact the proper Mexican agency that handles vital records to get an official copy of their birth certificate.

  29. Hello, I need an authorized birth certificate, currently in Mexico but will be back in the States next week for a couple of weeks, I legally changed my name and your site does not allow me to correctly submit my name at birth to complete the application. Need it for marriage outside the US

    1. Hello William. Thanks for reaching out to us. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we will be happy to assist you.

  30. I need to get an official birth certificate, I was born on US base in Japan.

    1. Hello Timothy. Thanks for reaching out to us. You can find out more information about how to order your official certificate through VitalChek.com by clicking here. If you have any further questions, you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  31. Good Morning,

    I have a bit of a complicated situation. My Mother will be 57 years old this June. The story she has always been told (when it was talked about) was that her parents had adopted her from Mexico when she was 3 days old. They then brought her here to the U.S where she grew up in La Puente and later moved to Riverside County where she has lived since a teenager. She has never had a birth certificate nor does anyone know whether or not this adoption was “official” or if her adoptive parents knew her biological parents and had an agreement to take care of her and raise her as their own. Both of her parents have now passed and she has no information about her adoption. She would love to have a birth certificate but we simply do not know where to start. Are you able to lead us in the right direction? Thank you for your help.

    1. Hello Melissa. We appreciate you reaching out to us for guidance with this complicated situation. If your grandparents were U.S. citizens who lived in La Puente at the time they brought your mother to the U.S. and if they legally adopted her at that time, it is possible that the record of the adoption and the birth certificate are on file with the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office. This might be a good place to start your search. Click Here for more information about how to contact them. We hope they will be able to offer you further guidance on how to proceed. Good luck.

  32. Hello my name is Letha Fletcher I have a friend born in Mexico has a Mexico birth certificate. Original fathers name is on birth certificate and have been in US for 70 or so years. Her father married US citizen and brought her over to US never obtained US birth certificate for her but raised Her in the USA. She has a US social security card, US drivers license, US voter registration. She has 2 kids born in US and married a US citizen. She has worked her since she was 18 how can she obtain a US birth certificate since she knows nothing about Mexico

    1. Thank you for your question Letha. If your friend applied for and was granted US citizenship, she should have appropriate naturalization papers that will show her citizenship status. Because she was not born in the U.S. she will not be issued a US birth certificate, but her naturalization documents would be appropriate for use in most instances to prove her US citizenship. We hope this has been helpful, and thank you.

  33. Hello my question is that my son is a us citizen but we missplace his birth certificate and we are trying to send him back so he can attend school we have his passport but its expired and we need his birth certificate to renew his passport but the thing is that we are now living in mexico what can we do

    1. Thank you for your question Angel. You should be able to apply for a certified copy of your son’s birth certificate either directly from the vital record agency in the city or state where he was born, or you can order through our website at http://www.vitalchek.com. If ordering through our website, we will be able to ship the certificate to you in Mexico via UPS. Be sure to select the Passport or Travel reason for applying to ensure you will receive the proper official copy for applying for a Passport. Once you have that certified copy, you should be able to renew his passport without any issues. We hope this is helpful for you, and best regards.

  34. Hello Hanna she never has applied for us citizenship.. She just found out 2 years ago that she was born in mexico6when she went to get her US birth certificate. But her step mother got her a social security card, drivers license, and now she is married to a US citizen and worked here using her social she still have to apply for citizenship?

  35. hello I was born in Arkansas but my parents moved back to Mexico when I was Little. I applied for my US Passport but I only have a copy of my birth certificate and I need to get an original copy how can I apply for my birth certificate from Mexico ??

    1. Hello Stephanie. Thanks for reaching out to us. If you no longer live in your state of birth, you should be able to order your birth certificate online through us at http://www.vitalchek.com. VitalChek is authorized by – and works directly with – government agencies across the nation to provide vital record processing services. Keep in mind that there may be different forms of birth certificates for different purposes such as travel, legal, personal records, insurance, etc. so you will need to specify what your purpose is for ordering the certificate. If you need assistance or have any further questions, you can contact us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  36. Hello Hanna can I get a update on my 292nd question?

    1. Hello Letha. Unfortunately, we aren’t in a position to answer your question regarding whether she needs to apply for citizenship or not. We suggest she contact the U.S. Department of State for more information on her status and the steps she may need to take going forward.

  37. Hi so my son was born in manhattan last march. We got his social security card and the short version of his birth certificate but the long version (the one we need) was returned due to some error of address. We are not in the states and I won’t be going there anytime soon. How do I get his long version of his birth certificate? I was told by the health department that after a year of birth the certificate is discarded. I need the long version. Please help! We are in Pakistan at the moment.

    1. Hello Maha. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. If your son was born in Manhattan, his birth certificate should be on file with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.. They partner with VitalChek to provide secure, online vital records processing so you may be able to order your son’s birth certificate online at VitalChek.com.. If you have any questions during the ordering process, please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  38. Hello I’m trying to help a friend get his citizenship from Japan his dad was in the military over there. He did have his citizenship but he has lost it along with his licenses and ss. Card. How can I help him?

    1. Hello Jeannie. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We apologize but we do not understand exactly what you are asking. If your friend is looking to get documentation of his U.S. citizenship, we recommend you have him contact the U.S. Department of State for guidance. He would also need to contact the U.S. Department of State if he is a U.S. citizen born abroad to a U.S. serviceman and wishes to get a copy of his CRBA (Consular of Recorded Birth Abroad. On the other hand, if he is a Japanese citizen and is looking to get copies of his Japanese vital records, he will need to contact the proper authorities in Japan. Sorry we could not be of further assistance.

  39. How can I obtain a birth certificate when I was born in Germany? I have dual citizen ship

    1. Hello Tiffany. Thanks for reaching out to us. If you are classified as a U.S. Citizen Born Abroad, and you are looking to get a copy of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) you can contact the U.S. Department of State or you may be able to order it directly through VitalChek.com Hope this was helpful.

  40. My dad was in the Air Force stationed in Leon France and my Mom was sent to Weisbaden, Germany for my birth. I had the birth certificate but cannot locate it at this time. I was born in 1955 … do I reach out to my local politician or what do I do to obtain this? I’m totally stumped.

    1. Hello Mandy. Thanks for reaching out to us. Since you were born to American parents in Germany, you will need to obtain a copy of your CRBA – Consular Report of Birth Abroad. A CRBA is the equivalent of a certified birth certificate, and can typically be used for legal purposes including applying for a passport or for proof of US citizenship. VitalChek.com offers an express certificate service that ensures your application is submitted to the U.S. State Department as quickly as possible. You can click here for more information or to start your ordering process. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com if you have any questions.

  41. i was born in my mithers bed on american soil my dad was american my mom was german my dad was in the american army but noe my parents are dead i had a fire at my house it destroyed all my papers and now i cant prove that i am a us citizen i oreder a birth of broad and they have no record so now what can i do

    1. Hello, Johnny. Thanks for reaching out to us for assistance. We’re sorry to hear about the fire that destroyed all your vital papers. You mention that you were born on American soil. If you mean you were born in the United States, you should have a birth certificate rather than a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). That certificate should be on file with the vital records agency in the state where you were born. If, on the other hand, American soil refers to a U.S. military base overseas, you would indeed be searching for a CRBA. Please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to try and point you in the right direction.

  42. i was born in germany 1957 on a army base i need a birth certicate for an i.d.i cant get anything done without it.medical.social sercurityor anything that i need an id for.Iwas born Frankfurt germany..

    1. Hello John. Thanks for reaching out to us regarding your birth certificate. Assuming you were born on a U.S. Army base to U.S. parent(s), your birth record is more than likely a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). For more information on how to order a copy of your CRBA, click here to visit the U.S. State Department website. Hope this helps.

  43. How do I get a Birth Certificate from Germany

    1. Hello Bob. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question but I am not entirely certain what you are asking. Are you an American citizen in Germany looking to get a copy of your American Birth certificate? If so, you can order a certified copy directly through Vitalchek.com. If you have any questions during the ordering process, you can email us at vitals.research @vitalchek.com.

  44. Hello,

    I am trying to help one of my employees who is struggling to get a copy of her birth certificate and has been met with deadends everywhere she turns. She was born in Germany to American military parents. They came back home to
    New Orleans, LA and applied for a US birth certificate, which her mother says they received but lost in Hurricane
    Katrina. When they went recently to the vital records office, they were told that they had no birth certificate on file.
    Her high school also has no birth certificate on file. She has no
    valid photo ID (only an old school ID which no one will take) and is trying to get her drivers license which she cant get without her birth certificate, a birth certificate that she cant get
    without a photo ID. It’s a real catch 22. The only thing she does have is a social security card. I saw on your page the
    request for consular report of birth abroad, but that requires an ID as well. Can you please help me help her? What
    should she do? How can she get her birth certificate without a picture ID? Thank You. Any assistance is greatly
    appreciated.

    1. Good morning, Misty. We’re sorry to hear your friend is having trouble getting a copy of her birth certificate. You can find more information about replacing a CRBA at the U.S. Department of State’s website. You can also email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  45. Hello,

    Today I was trying to enroll with TSA precheck and they said I needed proof of citizenship.

    I was born in Frankfurt,Germany. Both my parents are US citizens but I currently have an expired passport.

    I need to get a certificate that shows proof I’m a citizen of the US.

    Anyway you can walk me through these steps so I don’t have any errors when I fill it out. Would greatly appreciate it.

    1. Hello and thank you for your question.

      VitalChek.com can assist with birth certificate for American citizens who were born abroad. These documents, like most consular vital records, are retrieved from the National Archives or other record repositories and definitive turnaround times are not available. However, all requests placed through VitalChek’s express certificate service are processed by VitalChek on an expedited priority basis. Typically a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may be issued within about four weeks from receipt of completed application and required documentation, but may take longer in certain situations.

      If you are an American Citizen born abroad you can start the ordering process through VitalChek.com by clicking here.

  46. Hello. Hoping you can lead me in the right direction. I am helping my daughters 17yr old friend, who
    lives on his own, get his birth certificate so he can get his SS card & such. He was born in Canada,
    lived there a couple yrs before moving to the US
    w/his parents & becoming US citizens. His mother up & left not long ago (father is also ?) and we
    cannot find any info to help us in the few boxes she
    left behind. Where does this poor kid start?

    1. Hello Kristina. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We suggest he contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate for guidance on how to go about getting a certified copy of his Canadian birth certificate. Hope this gets him started in the right direction.

  47. order birth certificate on April 16, 2017. processing time 17-21 business days.. Its been teen weeks , still no birth certificate.

    1. Hello Ronald. We’re sorry to hear you have not received your birth certificate yet. Please email your order number to vitals.research@vitalchek.com so we can look into this for you.

  48. I am a US citizen. While I was working in Vietnam I adopted a child thru US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Now we moved back to the States & I would like to obtain a US birth certificate for my child for her school (she has a USA passport), How can I obtain a birth certificate for my child?

    1. Hello Mae. You may be able to get more information about obtaining a birth certificate for your daughter by contacting the U.S. State Department. CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

      1. Hi Larissa, thanks for replying. The website you provided does not apply in my case. I adopted a child in Vietnam & my child had a Vietnamese birth certificate with her Vietnamese name. My child now has a US passport with her new name. However, when I enrolled her for school, her school registered her name based on her Vietnamese birth certificate, not base on her US passport name.. I told the school that my child is now a US citizen with her US passport & my child name should be registered her name base on her US passport. The school told me they can only registered her name based on her birth certificate. If I want to register her name based on her US passport, then I need to give them US birth certificate. My daughter was not born in USA, how can I get her a US birth certificate?

        1. Hello Mae. Sorry I misunderstood the details. You mention that your daughter is a U.S. citizen and has a U.S. passport, so I assume you probably registered her adoption in the state where you resided at the time of the adoption. If this is the case, you may want to contact the vital records office in that state as they would more than likely be the ones to issue a post adoption birth certificate or provide you with the information you need to get one.

  49. I was born on XX December 195X in LaRochelle, France. My father (Harry W. Miller) was an American soldier married to an American homemaker (Constance Braswell Miller) who travelled with him.
    I have a Certificate of Live Birth issued through the US Department of Defense, however, I am not able to use it to get my new Driver’s license. Please help with information as to the process I need to follow to successfully obtain my birth certificate. My name is Jocelyn Harriet Miller.

    1. Good morning, Mrs. Miller. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. There could be several different reasons that your certificate was rejected for the purposes of obtaining a driver’s license: 1. Perhaps the staff at the DMV is not familiar with that type of certificate; 2. The copy of the certificate you have may be out of date. We suggest you contact the U.S. Department of State for guidance. Please CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

  50. My Girlfriend was born in California and was adopted to Tasmania (Australia) over a decade ago, her adoptive parents won’t give her the birth certificate. Is there any way she can get it without travelling to melbourne or sydney? Thanks.

    1. Hello Adrian. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since your girlfriend was born in California, her birth certificate should be on file with the California Department of Public Health. CLICK HERE for more information on how to contact them and the steps required for your girlfriend to order a certified copy of her birth certificate.

  51. My son was born in England and has both a British birth certificate and consular report of birth abroad. We are in need of a long form birth certificate of both certificates. How can I obtain these?

    1. Hello Veronica. Thanks for reaching out with your question. For more information about how to obtain a copy of the British birth certificate, we suggest you contact the British government agency that handles vital records. For a copy of the CRBA, you can click here to visit the US State Department web site for more information

  52. I was born on ruislip afb hospital. I live in the US. I lost my social
    Security card. Being born on a us afb in England isn’t recognized as
    US soil for citizenship. I went through the process of trying to get a CRBA no
    help with the us state dept. Both parents were American citizens. Both parents have passed away
    and I am having trouble locating appropriate paperwork to prove my citizenship so I can obtain a new social security card and get back to work.

    1. Hello Marcel. Sorry to hear about your predicament. It sounds like you are reaching out to all the correct entities but with no results. Your CRBA will have to be provided by the US State Department so you will need to reach out to them again for assistance. Have you contacted the hospital at Ruislip to see if they can provide any documentation of your birth that may prove helpful with the CRBA process? If you know your social security number, you may be able to apply for a replacement card on their website but will more than likely be required to provide some sort of ID such as a driver’s license. We’re sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance but hope you find a resolution to your problem quickly.

  53. Hi my name is Richard,

    I know my parents have a copy of the original birth certificate buried somewhere in their home, I was born to a military family in Germany, and I really need to obtain my birth certificate but I now live in California, can you please assist me in obtaining my birth certificate? Or who do I call or contact, thanks for taking the time to read my message.

    1. Hello Richard. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since you were born at a US military base in Germany, your record of birth will more than likely be a CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad). To get a copy of your CRBA, you will need to apply through the U.S. State Department. Click here to visit their website for more information.

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